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NASCAR Ford Teams Disappoint During COTA 2023 Xfinity Series Qualifying

As has been the case for most of the 2023 Xfinity Series season, the NASCAR Ford teams lagged behind the Chevys and Toyotas during qualifying at Circuit of the Americas for the race on March 25th, 2023.

In fact, the best Mustang racer during time trials was that of Riley Herbst, driver of the No. 98 NASCAR Ford, who will start seventh, thanks to his time of 134.933 seconds at 90.978 mph. For comparison, polesitter AJ Allmendinger put the No. 10 Chevy Camaro up front with a time of 133.184 seconds at 92.173 mph, while second-place Sammy Smith’s No. 18 Toyota Supra got around the Texas road course in 133.686 seconds at 91.827 mph.

Meanwhile, Cole Custer, driver of the No. 00 NASCAR Ford Mustang, is the only other Blue Oval racer to start in the top 10, claiming the 10th starting spot. After that, Cup Series regular Aric Almirola will start 13th as his No. 8 Ford Mustang is the only other Ford racer who will take the green flag from within the top 20.

The Xfinity Series race at COTA will begin at 4:30 pm E.T. on Saturday, March 25th.

NASCAR Xfinity Series Qualifying Results, Circuit of the Americas, March 24, 2023
Pos Car Number Driver Team Time Speed Car
1 10 AJ Allmendinger(i) Celsius Chevrolet 133.184 92.173 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
2 18 Sammy Smith # Pilot Flying J Toyota 133.686 91.827 Toyota Supra
3 19 Ty Gibbs(i) Monster Energy Toyota 133.922 91.665 Toyota Supra
4 2 Sheldon Creed Whelen Chevrolet 133.941 91.652 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
5 48 Parker Kligerman Big Machine Racing Spiked Chevrolet 134.612 91.195 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
6 20 John Hunter Nemechek Romco Equipment Toyota 134.871 91.02 Toyota Supra
7 98 Riley Herbst Monster Energy Ford 134.933 90.978 Ford Mustang
8 7 Justin Allgaier BRANDT Chevrolet 134.986 90.943 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
9 17 William Byron(i) HendrickCars.com Chevrolet 0 0 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
10 0 Cole Custer Haas Automation Ford 0 0 Ford Mustang
11 11 Daniel Hemric Chevrolet Accessories Chevrolet 134.153 91.507 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
12 21 Austin Hill Bennett Transportation Chevrolet 134.412 91.331 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
13 8 Aric Almirola(i) Rush Truck Centers Ford 134.503 91.269 Ford Mustang
14 1 Sam Mayer Accelerate Pros Talent Chevrolet 134.75 91.102 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
15 8 Josh Berry Tire Pros Love The Drive Chevrolet 135.098 90.867 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
16 44 Sage Karam Quality Roof Seamers Chevrolet 135.33 90.712 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
17 7 Carson Hocevar(i) Engine Parts Plus Chevrolet 135.393 90.669 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
18 88 Miguel Paludo BRANDT Chevrolet 135.436 90.641 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
19 50 Preston Pardus Garage Oil Spirits Chevrolet 135.521 90.584 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
20 26 Kaz Grala Fire Department Coffee Toyota 135.613 90.522 Toyota Supra
21 27 Jeb Burton State Water Heaters/HeartBeat Chevrolet 135.646 90.5 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
22 24 Connor Mosack Toyota Racing Development Toyota 135.674 90.482 Toyota Supra
23 92 Alex Labbe Alloy Employer Services Chevrolet 135.683 90.476 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
24 91 Josh Bilicki Insurance King/Zeigler Chevrolet 135.754 90.428 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
25 51 Jeremy Clements Straitline Nitro Chevrolet 135.775 90.414 Ford Mustang
26 9 Brandon Jones Menards/Char-Broil Grills Chevrolet 135.829 90.378 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
27 16 Chandler Smith # Quick Tie Products Inc. Chevrolet 136.079 90.212 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
28 25 Brett Moffitt AM Technical Solutions Ford 136.709 89.797 Ford Mustang
29 78 Anthony Alfredo Pit Boss Chevrolet 136.792 89.742 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
30 53 Brad Perez Apex/Weiss Sand & Clay LP Chevrolet 136.806 89.733 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
31 39 Ryan Sieg CMRroofing.com Ford 136.933 89.65 Ford Mustang
32 43 Ryan Ellis Four Loko Chevrolet 137.387 89.353 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
33 2 Kyle Weatherman Our Motorsports Chevrolet 137.505 89.277 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
34 31 Parker Retzlaff # FUNKAWAY Chevrolet Owner Points 88.676 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
35 38 Joe Graf Jr. G-Coin Ford Owner Points 88.539 Ford Mustang
36 45 Jeffrey Earnhardt Gas POS/BZ Mart Chevrolet Owner Points 88.296 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
37 6 Brennan Poole BeONE Sports Chevrolet Owner Points 87.809 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
38 28 Kyle Sieg Ford Owner Points 87.003 Ford Mustang

# – Rookie
i – Points ineligible
* – Part-time driver

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Alexandra is a Colorado-based journalist with a passion for all things involving horsepower, be it automotive or equestrian.

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